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Preparing for CHRISTmas (CC)

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LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US IN MARK'S GOSPEL WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 13 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 32: "BUT ABOUT THAT DAY OR HOUR NO ONE KNOWS, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE FATHER. BE ON GUARD! BE ALERT! YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THAT TIME WILL COME. IT'S LIKE A MAN GOING AWAY: HE LEAVES HIS HOUSE AND PUTS HIS SERVANTS IN CHARGE, EACH WITH THEIR ASSIGNED TASK, AND TELLS THE ONE AT THE DOOR TO KEEP WATCH. "THEREFORE KEEP WATCH BECAUSE YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE WILL COME BACK -- WHETHER IN THE EVENING, OR AT MIDNIGHT, OR WHEN THE ROOSTER CROWS, OR AT DAWN. IF HE COMES SUDDENTLY, DO NOT LET HIM FIND YOU SLEEPING. WHAT I SAY TO YOU, I SAY TO EVERYONE: 'WATCH!' " THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF ALL OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, BY BIBLICA, INC.] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST: THE PROBLEM THAT MY YOUNGER SISTER AND I HAD GROWING UP, WAS WE NEVER HAD A WATCHMAN. WE NEVER HAD A THIRD PERSON WHO COULD BE THE LOOKOUT FOR WHEN MOM AND DAD WERE COMING BACK. AND IT ALWAYS DIDN'T TURN OUT WELL. FROM THE FIRST TIME ... THE FIRST TIME MY MOM AND DAD SAID: WE'RE GONNA GO AWAY FOR THE AFTERNOON ... YOU GUYS DO THE DISHES AFTER LUNCH AND WE'LL BE HOME FOR SUPPER. SO, OF COURSE. THERE WAS A FIGHT OVER WHO WAS GOING TO DO THE DISHES. WHO WAS GONNA WASH AND WHO WAS GONNA DRY. AND THE ONE OF US WHO DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO WASH, SOMEHOW ENDED UP THROWING THE DISHCLOTH AT THE OTHER ONE ... WHO THEN DECIDED TO TAKE THE PLATE AND THROW IT AT THE ONE WHO THREW THE DISHCLOTH! MELMAC, THAT STUFF THAT CAN'T BREAK IF YOU RAN OVER IT WITH A TRUCK. BUT IT CAN PUT A HOLE IN THE WALL. JUST A LITTLE DENT IN THE WALL. BUT WE KNEW IT WAS GONNA BE SEEN FROM MILES AWAY. SO ... WITH TEENAGE BRAINS WE DECIDED WE'LL USE THE PICTURE TO COVER IT. CUZ NO ONE WILL SEE THE HOLE. SO NO ONE SAW THE HOLE, BUT AS SOON AS MOM AND DAD WALKED IN THE HOUSE THEY SAID: WHY IS THE PICTURE MOVED? AND, OF COURSE, WE WERE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND AS SOON AS WE REALIZED THAT THEY WERE IN THE HOUSE. IT DIDN'T GO WELL! BUT I CAN'T HEAR THIS ACCOUNT FROM MARK WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT HOW FOOLISH WE CAN BE SOMETIMES AS PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACT THAT JESUS CHRIST ... IS ... GOING TO RETURN! THAT WE'RE TO BE WATCHFUL FOR THAT DAY. WE'RE TO BE READY FOR THAT DAY. WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS FROM US AS HIS SERVANTS. YES, HE IS THE OWNER OF THIS HOUSE. HE CREATED THIS WORLD FOR US. PLACED US IN THIS WORLD AT THIS EXACT TIME TO BE HIS CHILDREN. TO BE HIS SERVANTS. TO BE THE ONES WHO HAVE COME TO HIM NOW IN WORSHIP AND PRAISE HAVING BEEN BROUGHT TO FAITH BY THE POWER OF GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT. WE 'ARE' THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND WE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR AND LONGING FOR HIM TO RETURN. BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. I ALWAYS THINK WE, AS CHRISTIANS, WOULD WANT TO KNOW THAT. BUT I THINK WE WANT TO KNOW THAT WITH OUR SINFUL MINDS. BECAUSE OUR SINFUL MINDS SAY: THAT IF WE KNEW THAT JESUS CHRIST WERE COMING ON DECEMBER 1st, 2014, TODAY WE WOULD BE LIVING OUR BEST. WE WOULD BE DOING ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE KNOW THAT GOD WANTS FROM US. WE WOULD BE LOOKING GOOD. WE WOULD BE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTACTED EVERYONE AND TOLD THEM THAT WE LOVED THEM AND CARED FOR THEM AND SO MANY OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ON OUR TO-DO LIST NOW FOR A WEEK WOULDN'T MATTER. SO MANY OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE WANTING TO GET DONE THIS MONTH, WOULDN'T EVEN HAPPEN. CHANGES OUR PERCEPTION. BUT I THINK WE WANNA KNOW THE END SO WE CAN GO ON SINNING UP UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT AND THEN BE GOOD. BECAUSE THAT'S OUR SINFUL NATURE. BUT WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT WE'RE TO BE PREPARED AT ANY TIME ... TO BE READY .. TO BE WATCHFUL FOR CHRIST'S RETURN. BECAUSE IT IS CLOSER TODAY THAN IT WAS YESTERDAY. AND IF WE ARE ALLOWED ANOTHER DAY OF GRACE TOMORROW, THE END IS GOING TO BE EVEN CLOSER. WE KNOW THAT IT'S MUCH CLOSER NOW THAN IT WAS WHEN JESUS SPOKE THESE WORDS TO HIS DISCIPLES. THERE IS AN URGENCY ABOUT THIS MESSAGE. BUT THERE IS ALSO SOMETHING THAT IS COMFORTING IN PREPARING FOR AN EVENT THAT'S COMING. PREPARING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN. BUT I THINK SO OFTEN, WE GET HUNG UP ON HOW WE PREPARE FOR OUR TEMPORAL CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS. I MEAN: ARE YOU READY FOR CHRISTMAS? LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY! I THINK I'M AFRAID TO ASK THAT QUESTION TO PEOPLE BECAUSE PEOPLE JUST GET STRESSED AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. THEY GET SO ANGRY AT THIS TIME OF YEAR. THEY ARE SO FILLED WITH SO MANY IDEAS ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO AND THE PERFECTION THEY HAVE TO PUT IN TO THIS CELEBRATION OF SHOW THAT LASTS FOR SO MANY DAYS. IT'S HARD FOR US TO KEEP THAT SPIRIT UP WHEN SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD THAT CHRISTMAS OUT IN OCTOBER. AND IS IT ANY WONDER THAT THE EARLIER WE START THOSE SALES IN STORES THE EARLIER, THE FIRST REPORT OF A FIGHT BREAKS OUT! EARLY THURSDAY MORNING, FIVE WOMEN IN A KOHL'S [STORE] AND ONE OF THEM WENT TO JAIL. OVER WHAT? OVER WHAT? PURCHASING SOME TEMPORAL POSSESSION? HOW CRAZY IS THAT? AND YET WE GET SUCKED INTO THAT SOMETIMES IN THIS WORLD ABOUT WHAT REALLY IS IMPORTANT IN THIS MONTH. WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN THIS MONTH THAT WE TRULY TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK AT THE REASON WHY CHRIST CAME; WHY WE'RE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS. ADVENT IS A TIME FOR US TO PREPARE OUR HEARTS TO GET READY FOR THAT HOLY CELEBRATION. AND MAYBE IT IS THE TIME TODAY TO SIT DOWN AND CLEAR OUR CALENDAR OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO AND START PUTTING IN THOSE THINGS THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO. TO BE WHERE GOD WANTS US TO BE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR ... WITH HIM, IN THE WORD. WITH HIM IN PRAYER, WITH HIM IN DEVOTION. REALIZING THE BLESSING THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD. RELISHING THAT TIME WITH GOD. PREPARING ALSO AND BEING WATCHFUL FOR THAT TIME WHEN HE IS GOING TO RETURN SO THAT WE ARE ALWAYS READY WHEN THE TRUMPET CALL COMES THAT WE ARE ALWAYS PREPARED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN TO OUR ETERNAL HOME. AND WHILE WE WAIT FOR THAT, WHILE WE LIVE IN THOSE DAYS, WE HEAR THOSE WORDS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL THAT HE SPOKE TO THE CORINTHIANS: YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN EVERY SPIRITUAL GIFT. YOU LACK NOTHING AS YOU WAIT FOR CHRIST TO RETURN TO COME AND GET YOU. USE THOSE GIFTS. USE THOSE THINGS AS THE SERVANTS OF GOD AND BE DOING THOSE THINGS BECAUSE GOD IS GOING TO KEEP US FAITHFUL. THAT'S THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD. THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS WITH US EVERY DAY IN OUR FAITH TO KEEP US IN THE WORD, TO KEEP US DOING THE THINGS THAT GOD'S WILL ASKS OF US. AVOIDING THOSE THINGS THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE DOING. TAKING THE TIME TO STAND UP AND SAY: THIS IS WHAT I AM AS A CHILD OF GOD. THESE ARE THE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO ME. UNIQUE TO ME AND I AM GOING TO USE THEM. IF YOU ARE AN ENCOURAGER, THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT SHOULD BE IN FULL FORCE TO ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO JUST ARE AT THE END OF THEIR ROPES BECAUSE THEY THINK THE MEANING ABOUT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS HERE. IF YOU ARE AN ENCOURAGER, TO REACH OUT AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE FALL INTO DEPRESSION OR LONELINESS BECAUSE OF THE LOSSES THAT THEY'VE SUFFERED THIS YEAR. TO REACH OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE AND BRING THEM CHEER TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE HERE IN THIS WORLD WHO CARE. WHO ARE WILLING TO LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND THEIR PAIN, BUT ALSO TO SHARE WITH THEM THE JOY THAT COMES FROM KNOWING JESUS CHRIST AND THAT OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN. IF YOUR GIFT IS PRAYER, USE THAT PRAYER FOR ALL OF THE CHURCH OF GOD, THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THAT IT MAY PROCLAIM THE TRUTH OF GOD'S SON. CONTINUE TO SHOW PEOPLE THE SAVIOR THAT GOD SENT FOR THEM. TO PROCLAIM WHAT HE HAS DONE. SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BELIEVE IN WHAT GOD HAS DONE. AND TO BECOME OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE FAITH. THOSE SPIRITUAL GIFTS THAT ARE OURS, THAT WE SO WANT TO USE, WE CAN PUT INTO PRACTICE DOING WHAT GOD HAS ASKED OF US. BUT IT MEANS THAT WE DO HAVE TO SIT DOWN AND MAKE SOME DECISIONS. THAT WE MAKE SOME DECISIONS AS INDIVIDUALS: THESE ARE THE THINGS I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS ADVENT SEASON. THAT WE SIT DOWN AS HUSBANDS AND WIVES AND SAY: WHAT CAN WE DO AS HUSBANDS AND WIVES THIS YEAR TO SHOW OUR FAITH. TO MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER. TO CELEBRATE THAT LOVE OF GOD. TO SIT DOWN AS FAMILIES AND DISCUSS: LET'S CLEAR SOME CALENDARS. LET'S FIND SOME HOURS HERE AND THERE THAT ARE FAMILY TIME MARKED OUT. NOTHING COMES IN BETWEEN THAT. WHERE DOES GOD FIT INTO OUR LIFE? AND HOW CAN WE THANK HIM? YES, AND IT'S WORK! BUT ANYTHING THAT IS WORTHWHILE DOING, REQUIRES SOME WORK AND SOME ACTIVITY. BECAUSE IF WE DON'T HAVE A PLAN, THIS MONTH IS GONNA GO BY. IF WE DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'RE HEADED, THEN WE'RE JUST WANDERING AIMLESSLY. BUT WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. WE KNOW WHERE OUR ETERNAL HOME IS. WE ARE SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. WE FIRMLY TRUST THAT HE IS GOING TO COME AND TAKE US TO BE WITH HIM. WE KNOW THOSE THINGS. NOW LET'S BE WATCHFUL FOR HIM. LET'S TAKE THE TIME TO GET READY TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH MINDFUL OF CELEBRATING THAT LAST AND GREAT DAY WHEN HE AND ALL OF THE ANGELS WILL GATHER THE SAINTS TOGETHER TO GO WITH HIM IN GLORY TO THAT HOME THAT HE HAS PREPARED FOR YOU AND FOR ME ... THE HOME OF THE RIGHTEOUS WHERE WE WILL BE WITH HIM FOREVER AND WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIM ETERNALLY. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

Video Details

Duration: 14 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 55
Posted by: hischild on Dec 1, 2014

Pastor Dave emphasizes watchful waiting, while using the gifts the Lord has given us, as we prepare to meet our Savior, Jesus Christ. Mark 13:32-37 is the sermon text. www.ziontorrance.info

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